Puritan morals required Hester to feel truly terrible about her sin and to repent. In order to implement this morality, the society put her on a scaffold and constantly publicly ridiculed her so that they could all cast shame upon her. Hester lived in a society which believed that she had to live the remainder of her life in infamy because of the sin she had committed. Hester’s conflict against society was caused by its need to enforce its morality upon
Gloria Naylor (1949-2016), a Profound African American woman writer depicted her vision about world through her writings. Her novels engraved by the portrayal of women who were confronting the adverse struggle for asserting women’s independence. In the plight of poverty, partiality and crushing hardship Naylor emphasize the strengths of women especially African American womanhood. She wants to shatter the infused stereotype on women by the society. So, her women characters are always despaired, self-assured, fortitude and determined.
A woman with an independent nature can be described as rebellious, passionate, and courageous. In Kate Chopin’s novel, The Awakening, the reader is introduced to Edna Pontellier, a female who epitomizes the qualities of a woman with such an independent nature. Living in a “patriarchal society” that expects women to be nothing more than devoted wives and nurturing mothers, Edna attempts to seek out her true identity as it becomes apparent how unsettled she feels about her life. Throughout The Awakening, Edna Pontellier, dissatisfied with her duties as a mother and wife, decides to pursue her own interests and express her true identity, resulting in an awakening and her finding the courage to make the changes she deems as necessary. Edna Pontellier had two young boys, Etienne and Raoul, who were ages four and five, respectively.
The two literary texts (novels) that the researcher is going to work on are The Color Purple and The Handmaid’s Tale. The African- American novelist Alice Walker is always concerned with presenting the problems of females especially black women because they are doubly oppressed due to their gender and their color. In order to portray their struggle, she wrote one of the marvelous novels The Color Purple which was published in 1982. As for the Canadian novelist Margaret Atwood, who shares the same interest with Alice Walker, she depicted the struggle of women and how they are victimized by the patriarchal society in her brilliant novel The Handmaid’s Tale that was published in 1985. As a result of the existence of
In wich depict the mulatto theme which had become popular in American literature. In such works the male or female protagonist, who is light enough to pass for white, finds that all personal ambitions (education, employment, social mobility in general) are severely limited when one is held to the racial restrictions which typified the early 20th century in the North as well as in the South. Nella Larsen had a great influence in fighting for the rights of African Americans that were suffering from racism, and were restricted for their basic rights and forced to migrate to find a better life. Quicksand is a book that talk about a brave girl that struggle a lot to live in American society. Although this means that Nella Larsen use Helga experience to explore racial tension in 1920s in America and Europe and how mix-race people struggle to find their identity in two insular cultures.
Ida then feels like it is her job to save Rose’s marriage as well. Ida shows her strength and motherly like qualities when Hale died, she took it in her own hands to find the murderer, she would try and protect Rose and she comforted Cubbitt when he was rejected. Charles Hale came to Brighton on an assignment from a newspaper to distribute redeemable cards. Hale had betrayed Pinkie’s former gang leader by publishing an article about illegal gambling the gang
In “The Color Purple”, Alice Walker tells of the lives of African American women and their struggles with confidence and keeping their heads up through the shocking injustices forced upon them. In this book there are many examples of dynamic characters. A dynamic character is a literary or dramatic character who undergoes an important inner change as a change in personality or attitude. Celie, Albert, and Sofia are three examples of characters that experience these transitions. Celie’s life has been one heartbreak after another but she overcomes her low self-esteem despite it, Albert, Celie’s husband, was close to the worst person I’d ever seen but after Celie leaves him his character changes dramatically, and Sofia, initially fierce and strong, loses herself after being her outspoken and courageous self took away her whole world but she soon finds her way back.
The Mosaic code, “an eye for an eye” has been depicted to perfection in this tale. Moral vengeance, the need to quench the thirst for revenge is what drives Grendel’s mother to fight. She only takes one life and then runs for her life from the hallways. There are the slight perverse twists of events, Beowulf bursts into her home, and she is waiting for him with a warm embrace. Now Beowulf is consumed with self-doubt and most of his men give up on his cause too.
It is easy to see Medea as a betrayed wife and to forget that she is also vindictive and heartless. How do you see Medea? Euripides’s Medea explores the conflict between a demigoddess and the male patriarchy amidst a breakdown of marital vows. Medea can be easily perceived to be a victim of Jason and the male dominant society through the misogynism she suffers. Medea’s persuasive rhetoric, along with the complete support of The Chorus and The Nurse, positions the audience to align with her, having suffered “suffering’s worse”.
Alice Walker is a Pulitzer Prize-winning, African American Novelist, poet, and social activist. Alice’s works are best known for their embodiment of the African American woman’s life. Alice portrays vividly the sexism, racism and poverty that often makes life a bit of a struggle. She also depicts as parts of that life, the strengths of community, family, spirituality, and self-worth. Alice Malsenior Walker was born on February 9, 1944 in Eatonton, Georgia.